Terry Late Addition To Ohio All-Star Classic

Cleveland Glenville defensive end/linebacker Curtis Terry got the call over the weekend to replace Cleveland St. Ignatius' Mike Massey on the North squad in the Ohio All-Star Classic. Click this free link for all the details.

Cleveland Glenville defensive end/linebacker Curtis Terry had his week all planned out -- he was going to vege before reporting to Columbus this weekend to begin summer workouts with the Ohio State football team.

But those plans changed quickly when organizers for Saturday's Ohio All-Star Classic needed a replacement for Cleveland St. Ignatius' Mike Massey, who underwent a recent hernia operation.

Terry agreed to fill the void and he will be one of three future Buckeyes on the North squad in Saturday's game (7 p.m., ONN).

"I just know (Glenville coach Ted) Ginn called me on Friday night," Terry said. "He told me to pack my stuff because I was playing in the North-South Game. When he says stuff, it's his way or the highway. I packed my stuff, got in the car and came down here.

"This is great to be down here. The level of competition is so high. It will do nothing but help me. Plus, it will help me get to know some of my new teammates."

The 6-3, 205-pound Terry was proud he was selected, regardless of the circumstances.

"I feel like I'm being recognized for my hard work and dedication," he said. "I'm just glad to be here with the rest of these guys.

"Of course you want to win, but we're here to have fun with that in the process, too."

Terry discussed what the OSU coaching staff has talked to him about regarding his future.

"They want me to play weakside 'backer," he said. "To do that, I will have to put on some extra weight, maybe 20 pounds. They said don't worry about that because it's going to come."

Like several other OSU signees, Terry is planning to participate in summer conditioning at OSU beginning next week.

"I think I'm more excited than nervous," he said. "I just want to get down there and show them what I can do. I just want to get on the field and make plays."

Terry said he is squared away academically with a 3.4 GPA and a 19 on the ACT.

Terry will be among 10 future Buckeyes on display during Saturday's Ohio All-Star Classic, sponsored by Grange Insurance.

Playing for the South team will be Alex Barrow (Dublin Coffman), Erik Haw (Columbus Independence), Chad Hoobler (Carrollton), Ben Person (Xenia), Brandon Underwood (Hamilton) and SirJoseph Welch (Columbus Beechcroft). The South squad will be coached by Steve Channell of Trenton Edgewood.

Besides Terry, OSU signees on the North squad include Brandon Smith (Euclid) and Shaun Lane (Hubbard). The North will be coached by Mentor‘s Steve Trivisonno.

The Ohio All-Star Classic was played in Columbus Crew Stadium for the first time in 2001 after being held in Massillon or Canton from 1977-2000. The Ohio All-Star Classic was also held in Columbus in 1975 and 1976 when the game was contested in Ohio Stadium.

The players have a full week of activities planned. They will visit Children's Hospital, Columbus City Council, a Clippers baseball game and have a swimming night at a Columbus area pool. Plus, the annual Ohio All-Star Classic banquet is scheduled for Friday night.

Tickets are available for $10 at the Crew Stadium box office. Call (614) 447-CREW for more details.

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